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Press Release: Spooky experiences at Cape Otway Lightstation

Issued: 18 August 2009

CHILDREN hammered toy ships into shape, international tourists sent Morse code telegrams home, radio operators made contact with lighthouses as far afield as Canada, and more than a dozen people had spectacularly spooky experiences at Cape Otway at the weekend.

The Lightstation’s International Lighthouse Weekend celebrated lighthouses and the people who lived in them, and it wasn’t just psychic mediums who felt the presence of ghosts.

Melbourne medium Di Farrell, who led one of the ghost tours, said several women experienced pressure and heaviness in their chests, and an overwhelming feeling of despair as they felt the presence of a little girl who died in the Telegraph Station more than 100 years ago.

“The information that we received from her was that she was basically cut off, her family rejected her, she was really sad and the main reason she’s hanging around is that she’s looking for answers, and she sees males as ‘the bad men’,” Ms Farrell said.

Several women on the Australian Ghost Adventures tour were moved to tears by the experience.

“We had a few cry, and another man on the tour was picking up a man’s spirit in the front room of the Telegraph Station, he could feel his anger,” Ms Farrell added.

“People who are sensitive pick up on the emotion of the spirit,” she said.

“The whole Lightstation is very spiritually active,” she said.

David Bowman who hopes to become a medium, reported having his coat tugged on by an invisible presence, and felt a spirit blow in his ear while he was at the Lightkeeper’s Caf& at the weekend.

Members of the Merc Radio Club from Keilor made contact of a different kind from the Telegraph Station.
Amateur radio operator Gerald Molenkamp said club members contacted lighthouses in Vancouver, Canada, Cooktown in Far North Queensland, Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia, two lighthouses in New Zealand plus other radio operators in Hawaii and Russia.

“We were spreading the word about Cape Otway Lightstation around the world and the air waves were very congested with people swapping weather and location details,” Mr Molenkamp said.

“Some of the tourists were very interested and had no idea you could communicate with people for free around the world.”

Morse Code operator Ted Rankins from Bendigo sent telegrams in Morse code to Scotland, England, France, Switzerland, Germany and the USA from the Lightstation.

“Some people thought that Morse Code is pretty cool,” Mr Rankins said.

“People sent telegrams saying they’d seen five whales, six wild koalas and they were going ghostbusting in the evening,” he added.

Lightstation manager Paul Thompson said the International Lighthouse Weekend had been a success, with people travelling from across Victoria to attend.

“The Victorian Colonial Infantry Association’s re-enactments and their authentic campsite were great fun and enjoyed by young and old,” Mr Thompson said.

“The ghostbusting tours were highly sought after and people got a real thrill out of touring the Lightstation under the cover of darkness in search of spirits.”

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